Texas Senator Calls Man’s Spanish Testimony “INSULTING” and Tells Him to “SPEAK ENGLISH”

Jun 17, 2011
10:18 am

Texas Republican State Senator Chris Harris


Well, well, well, this just in from the New York Daily News:

Texas state senator is under fire for telling a man that his Spanish-language testimony was “insulting” during a committee hearing earlier this week.

Republican Chris Harris interrupted Antolin Aguirre of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition just minutes into his statement against the Lone Star State’s new sanctuary cities bill.

The legislation, which was passed by the Senate Wednesday, allows police officers to verify the immigration status of detained suspects.

Harris told Aguirre that he “should be speaking in English.”

“Did I understand him correctly that he has been here since 1988?” Harris asked. “Why aren’t you speaking in English then?”

Aguirre responded through an interpreter that he felt more comfortable speaking in his native language because it was his first time giving a testimony.

“If he knows English, he needs to be speaking in English,” the senator fired back.